On this day of Golden Triangle with Khajuraho and Varanasi tour, wake up early and enjoy the boat ride on the holy Ganga River. After the ride, return to the hotel to eat breakfast and leave for Sarnath which is 6 km away. Sarnath is situated 10 kilometers in north-east of Varanasi near the converging rivers the Ganges and the Varuna in Uttar Pradesh, India. The deer park in Sarnath is where Lord Gautama Buddha first preached the Dharma and where the Buddhist Sangha became a reality through the enlightenment of Kondanna.
Some of the popular attractions here are the Sarnath Museum and the Dhamek Stupa.
Sarnath features a rich accumulation of models, relics and structures involving virtuous Buddha and Bodhisattva pictures and other antiquated remains. The Archeological Survey of India has set up a Museum at Sarnath in 1910 to secure the precious items.
The Dhamek Stupa dates back to 500 CE and it was constructed to replace an earlier stupa commissioned by Emperor Ashoka in 249 BCE along with several other monuments.
After that, you will visit the Alamgir Mosque, Dashashwamedh Ghat and Bharat Mata Temple.
Alamgir Mosque is a 17th-century structure built by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, on land which once had a Shiva Temple and was demolished by him. The mosque is an architecturally spectacular building constructed according to the Indo-Islamic style with stunning minarets and high domes.
Dashashwamedh Ghat is an important Ghat in Varanasi situated on the banks of Ganga River. It is nearby the Vishwanath Temple and is perhaps the most beautiful Ghat. This is the place where the spectacular Ganga Aarti is held every evening.
Bharat Mata Temple is one of the most attractive temples built-in 1936 by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta, a follower of Gandhi Ji. The specialty of this temple is that it is not dedicated to any god or goddess, rather it has a large map of undivided India. The map of India is carved out of marble.
It is located within the premises of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth. The monument was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The temple also has a beautiful three-dimensional view, exhibiting the accurate proportions of lands, oceans and hills. The temple also gives a gorgeous view of the river Ganges and the Ghats in the close vicinity.
After the visit, return to the hotel and spend the night at the hotel.